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Holmes Elementary School - Week Ending - 9/14/2018

Leader In Me

Organizational Skills

Imagine a school morning where everyone knows what to do and is ready on time. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s possible! Organization is a skill learned over time. By teaching organization at home, your child will learn this very important skill.

Use the first three habits as a learning tool for you and your child:

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Habit 1 is about initiative and responsibility. Help your child determine what he or she will need for the next day. To start, writing a list may be helpful. Next, have your child gather the non-perishable items and put them in his or her school bag.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

Habit 2 is about visualizing how you would like something to turn out before it happens. If a smooth morning is the goal, brainstorm with your child what that will look and feel like. Your child may actually have time to do something extra in the morning if he or she is organized, and you will all have a happy start to the day.

Habit 3: Put First Things

Habit 3 means focusing on the task when there's something else you would rather be doing — the hardest part of all! Help your child learn how to avoid distractions by reminding him or her that, if they stick to it, all the fun things can come right after—with no guilt or nagging!

Once children know these habits, and how to apply them, they can start tackling more difficult tasks independently. They will begin to feel self-confident and proud when they're able to complete homework, chores, and other tasks by themselves. They're also sure to be pleased when they find they have some extra free time to do what they'd like to do.

Remember, it may take time to teach your child these skills. Sometimes, it will seem simpler just to do it for them. But remember, your child won't learn how to be independent and successful if you always do it for them. Using Habits 1-3 is a life skill that will benefit them their entire lives.

Celebrate Holmes Staff

Families, have you noticed a Holmes teacher or staff member who deserves a compliment or a thank you? Has this person made a difference for your child? Please share the reason in a brief email to me ( so that we may recognize and thank them!


  • Edge Classes Begin 9/17/18
  • DINE OUT! Lou Malnati’s - Sept 17, 11:00am -11:00pm
  • Al Fresco Friday - September 21, 3:15-4:15pm - weather permitting
  • Picture Day - Monday, September 24
  • Fall Carnival - September 29, 4:30-7:00pm
  • Rain Date for Picture Day - Monday, October 1
  • Community PTO Meeting, Link-To-Learning, Leader in Me! -Oct 17, 8:15-9:45am
  • DINE OUT! Noodle's and Company - October 25, 4:00-8:00pm
  • Trivia Night! - November 9, 7:00pm

Community Hawk Nest

1. Room Parents Rock! If you are interested in a fun opportunity to support your student's teacher throughout the school year, please click here! Our teachers would love some help with planning and organizing classroom celebrations, a class picnic, putting up bulletin boards, as well as facilitating small learning groups and classroom projects. There are often taskes that can be completed at home as well. Questions? Email the PTO at
2. EDGE classes begin on Monday September 17! Reminder to all families to review your EDGE class schedule as soon as possible so that you know what day this week your child/ren’s class starts! Please remember that only individuals listed in Classtrack with a proper ID may pick-up your child. Questions? contact
3. We still need more help with the Fall Carnival on September 29 from 4:30-7:00 PM! Thanks to those who have already volunteered - Please consider signing up for a shift if you haven’t already. There is a lot of work to be done to make this FREE event a success. There are still many open slots to help before, during and after the event: get involved in setup, bring a baked good for the cakewalk, run a game during the event (no setup required), or help us clean up after! You can even share a shift with a partner or another parent - older kids are welcome to sign-up too. Sign Up here! If you have questions, please contact the PTO Community Engagement Chairs and Carnival Organizers: Afshan Syed Norris at and Nicole Sumida at
4. It’s time to DINE OUT Monday September 17! Take a break from cooking and come DINE OUT with your fellow Holmes Families and support the PTO!! Coming up on Monday, September 17, join us at Lou Malnati's from 11am-11pm. Dine in or carry out and they'll donate 20% of your check back to Holmes. Flyers will go home in backpacks. Digital version is available on the Holmes PTO website and by clicking here.
5. Al Fresco Friday, Friday, September 21 from 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM. Join us on the playground after school for popsicles, cool water, friends old and new, and dance music! This outdoor social event helps us make parent and child connections outside of school, the school day, and hurried drop-offs. Come make a friend, get to know your Holmes community, and enjoy the nice weather! All are welcome - parents, students, siblings. FYI-Al Fresco is canceled if it’s raining.
6. Do you want to know more about Allergies? Come out to the OP Public Library on Saturday, Sept 15th from 2-4pm to listen, learn and ask questions about the very relevant topic of Allergies and Asthma. Dr.Pitud (a Holmes dad!) will be hosting a talk. It's free and for all ages. Here is the flyer.
7. Race Conscious Dialogues. There are many ways our community is promoting diversity, inclusion and equity. One step in the journey is for people to take responsibility for their own learning. Participating in Race Conscious Dialogues is one such opportunity. Registration for Fall Cohorts is open, under the Workshops tab. You may also contact us through this link to be wait listed once it is full.
8. America To Me! Starz is airing the documentary America to Me, filmed at Oak Park River Forest (OPRF) High School three years ago. The 10 part-series about race and equity will be screened at the OPRF high school, followed by discussion. Visit the OPRF High School website here for more information. Holmes will also have a follow-up event to this series. Watch for more information.